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Lucky escape for fan

Bangalore, March 21, 2013, DHNS: 22:37 IST
A portion of the plastering on the Bangalore Football Stadium roof came down, injuring spectator Nagappa. DH photos
A spectator escaped with a minor injury after a chunk of plastering on the ceiling fell on his head at the Bangalore Football Stadium during the Second Division I-League match between Vasco Sports Club and Eagles Football Club on Thursday.

The incident happened when the match was into the 83rd minute and the fan, 76-year-old Nagappa, slipped down from his chair, stunned by the impact. Immediately, other spectators helped him to his feet before the doctor at the venue administered first aid.

Nagappa, a retired Hindustan Aeronautics Limited employee, was taken to the HAL hospital where he was treated and allowed to go home.

Nagappa, a former footballer, is a regular for the matches at the venue.

The incident threw light on the maintenance of the stadium which attracts big crowds for many matches in the Super Division as well as the ongoing Second Division I-League.

“We will check the plastering at the stadium tomorrow morning (Friday) with the help of an engineer and wherever re-plastering is needed we will do it. We will also take care of all the medical expenses of the injured spectator,” said KSFA president A R Khaleel.

Match commissioner Rizwan-ul-Haq said he will mention the incident in his report to the All India Football Federation. “Definitely, I will report the incident to the AIFF,” Rizwan said.

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